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Chicken scratch -- A new coop to call home

The chickens have officially crossed the road.

 A green ceramic chicken nested on my grandmother’s kitchen counter for as long as I can remember. She and my mama bought the fowl on their once-in-a-lifetime trip across the border to Old Mexico, as my grandmother called the colorful country she wanted so much to visit. 1,754 more words

When you're feeling gassed

Last night I just took a night off. The week had been full of workouts already. Morning swims on both Monday and Wednesday. Cycling all three days. 1,160 more words

Cycling

Mom's Advocate at the Doctor's Office

One of my most important roles as a caregiver was as a second set of ears and moral support at doctor’s visits. Which came to encompass being Mom’s advocate and buffer when conversations were difficult.   322 more words

Forget Me Not Unltd.

Unexpected Blessings from a Hospital Room

Sometimes we gain the most from the people who have the least to give.

I stepped out of my mother’s house into the blazing summer heat feeling like a cloth twisted and wrung out, emerging flattened, from an old-fashioned washing machine. 710 more words

Faith

Establishing Boundaries with Mom and Dad

As a caregiver drawing that line in the sand is difficult. I know that we wanted to do everything we could to make our parents happy and give them as many choices as we could.   245 more words

Forget Me Not Unltd.

Is The Clutter You Inherited Making You Fat?

Hanging onto all those family mementos when a parent moves or passes away can not only weigh you down emotionally, it can weigh you up. 779 more words

Depression

Surprises from a Mama's Life: Legacy and Letters

Those of us who have elderly parents don’t often think about the life our parents led before old age set in. We see them as idle, helpless, quietly supportive, struggling… watching from the sidelines as life in all it’s busyness moves on without them. 598 more words

Spiritual Encouragement